It takes six months to lose all your holiday weight. Here’s how to avoid gaining it instead.

Popular Science | 11/20/2018 | Staff
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For most people, the weight gain starts now, in mid November. This is common sense, but it's also backed up by data. A 2016 New England Journal of Medicine study tracked 1,781 Americans using their internet-connected scales, following them for a full year to see how much they gained and lost. A typical person's ramp-up begins now, according to the study's findings, with a small spike as the calories from Thanksgiving hit our bodies. On average, we’re up by about 0.1 percent. We tend to stay at about that same weight for the beginning of December, and then it all skyrockets in the last few weeks of the year. As you might expect, we peak at the New Year.

From there, it’s pretty much one slow downhill slog for the next five-ish months. The average person can lose about half the weight they gained in the first month or so, but the path back to baseline will last you until about May. You won’t consistently get under baseline until June, and you’ll finally bottom...
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